The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

United States Critical Infrastructure Gets "D" Grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers' [ASCE] "2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure graded the nation's critical infrastructure systems a 'D' and noted a five-year investment need of $2.2 trillion." "Grades ranged from a high of C+ for solid waste to a low of D- for drinking water, inland waterways, levees, roads, and wastewater. U.S. surface transportation and aviation systems declined over the past four years, with aviation and transit dropping from a D+ to D, and roads dropping from a D to a nearly failing D-." "ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure seeks to inform the public and policymakers about the condition of the nation's infrastructure and how best to improve it. Americans owe their economic prosperity, public safety, and high quality of life to the infrastructure that serves them everyday. While the Report Card points out serious needs facing the nation's infrastructure including focused and visionary leadership and adequate funding, these can be solved. The Key Solutions offered by ASCE are ambitious and will not be achieved overnight, but Americans are capable of real and positive change. ASCE urges all those who want to continue our tradition of a strong and prosperous nation to begin by maintaining and improving the infrastructure that makes us great." The ASCE offers 5 key solutions for raising America's Infrastructure Grade: "1. Increase Federal Leadership in Infrastructure" "2. Promote Sustainability and Resilience" "3. Develop Federal, Regional, and State Infrastructure Plans" "4. Address Life-Cycle Costs and Ongoing Maintenance" "5. Increase and Improve Infrastructure Investment from All Stakeholders" To download the full PDF of the report additional information is required